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Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
a change in attitude amongst opposition members toward america, now they do believe is firmly behind them. this is the kind of legitimacy they are looking for, especially as they share the same goal at the end of the day. they want to see gadhafi removed from power. they don't necessarily want to see that taking place by some sort of an air strike, they want to be the ones to do it themselves. >> arwa, we'll stay in close toich with you as well. >>> there are now new warnings that a bloodless coup may be in the works in yemen. we're getting late word of a possible deal, stand by. >>> president obama already setting the stage for the next phase of the mission against libya. and america's role in it. we'll find out if there's any new light on why smoke has been spewing from two krip emed nuclear reactors in japan. ♪ when it's planes in the sky ♪ ♪ for a chain of supply, that's logistics ♪ ♪ when the parts for the line ♪ ♪ come precisely on time ♪ that's logistics ♪ ♪ a continuous link, that is always in sync ♪ ♪ that's logistics ♪ ♪ there will be no more stress
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
before controversial hearings this week on islamic extremism in america. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." libya centering the fourth week of what's now a full-fledged civil war. moammar gadhafi's forces are claiming new gains in their pounding of rebel-held cities. gadhafi maintaining a tight grip on the capital of tripoli, and the opposition appears to be holding out to benghazi in the east, but there are conflicting reports about who is in control of several other key cities, where fierce, fierce battles have been raging now for days. diplomatic sources at the united nations say the united states is working with france and britain on draft resolution on libya, a resolution that includes language on a no-fly zone. president obama warning once again today that the bloodshed in libya is unacceptable. >> i want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward, and they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there. in the meantime, we've got nato as we speak consul
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Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
will be international. >> when will the u.s. combat role in the operation end? will america's commitment end in days, not weeks, as the president promised? what will be the duration of the non-combat operation and what will be the cause? what national security interests of the united states justified the risk of american life. >> wolf, you know that there has been criticism from the president's own party for not coming to congress before to get approval before this military mission in libya. the man you just heard there, mish mcconnell says he thought the helicopter had the -- did the right thing and he said that if the stop and duration of the mission continues to expand, if u.s. forces launch additional air strikes, then the will the will have to come and get approval. >> the president said the u.s. leadership, the command would stop within a matter of days. nato would take charge but never did say the u.s. would ever walk away from its responsibilities. clearly this mission no matter the command is going to continue into the foreseeable future. robert gates said yesterday that libya was not in th
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Mar 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
with america which helped propel the republican party to its first majority in 40 years and make him speaker of the house. >> those of us who ended up in a majority stood on the steps and signed a contract. >> reporter: under his watch the gop clashed with the clinton white house over spending cuts which led to two government shutdowns. to dprich's surprise, the public turned its rage on the gop. >> it's very difficult to work with a president who seems to be primarily driven by his political advisers to engage in public relations stunts. >> reporter: during the impeachment of president clinton then speaker gingrich lashed out at the white house. >> what you have lived through for two and a half long years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction of justice, cover-up and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in american history. >> reporter: what he didn't mention, at the time he was having his own extra marital affair with a congressional staffer. he's now on his third marriage. ethics problems dogged speaker gingrich, and he resigned leaving congress in some disgrace but then a
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Mar 5, 2011 6:00pm EST
. >> translator: we will not accept this. thousands and thousands of people will be killed if america or the atlantic pack intervene in our country. >> reporter: in the front row government ministers sat stone-faced as threat piled on threat. instability in the mediterranean. attacks on the u.s. 6th fletd and an end to western oil contracts. then, as dramatic as his entrance, his exit no less theatrical. driven away in a golf cart. security men bouncing journalists and supporters out of the way. this is the scene after he's left. he's just gone out of building five minutes ago. the nice flower arrangement trampled over there by the hoards of people trying to get close to him. it's just a tidy up now. his message at the end very clear. this situation cannot go on, we will have to do something about it. and a message for the united states as well. if you're thinking of coming in to libya, we are ready for the challenge. nic robertson, cnn, tripoli, libya. >>> president obama put gadhafi and his forces on notice this week. his message, step down and stop the bloodshed or you will all be
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
.s. air strikes in libya adding millions and millions of dollars to america's strained budget. critics are asking if it's worth it. [ male announcer ] at quicken loans, we're a mortgage company with one very simple philosophy: every client, every time, no exceptions, no excuses. maybe that's why j.d. power and associates ranked us "highest in customer satisfaction in the united states." so, we thought we'd take a little time to celebrate. ♪ all right, then, back to work helping clients. outstanding client service. just one more example of how everything we do at quicken loans is engineered to amaze. about his future. he can't say social security... much less tell you what it means. he doesn't know that his parents are counting on the money they pay in. or that the hard earned benefits his grandparents receive... are secure. right now he's not thinking about his future. but we are. aarp has been working to preserve social security for more than 50 years. join us in a conversation to strengthen it for years to come. hi. i'm dan hesse, ceo of sprint. the other day, i looked up the word
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Mar 12, 2011 8:00pm EST
. and to quote the ambassador -- japan's ambassador to america, i would argue that's meaningless. and the reason why is he's simply on the other end of the phone call from someone who's told him information. and it may or may not be true or it may or may not be update. so what we need to have is authorities in tokyo telling us what's happening. and it has to be believable. because if there's a credibility misstep, then nothing that they say from now on is going to be believed, and that's going to create panic. >> kenneth cukier of "the economist," yoree koh is holding on as well. jeanne meserve is with us as well. we have been getting various statements from the japanese government with what's going on as far as the nuclear issue is concerned. i think it's fair to say as we approach 48 hours into this disaster there have been mixed reports coming out from japan. >> there have been. and i was on a conference call earlier today with a number of nuclear experts who were finding that very frustrating. they were being asked a lot of questions about how they thought this would play out. would there be
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Mar 4, 2011 5:00pm EST
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CNN
Mar 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
. they really want to see america taking a much stronger and harsher stance. there is a widespread belief here and you, hala, would be well aware of this that if the united states wants to do something, it can in fact accomplish that. many people here in libya believe that if america wanted to take colonel gadhafi down it would be able to do that which is why there's such a struggle here to comprehend why this has become such a lengthy process. hala. >> arwa damon is in benghazi. wolf? >> thanks very much. >>> we're not leaving this story. we're staying on top of it. all sorts of questions now about whether president obama is being deliberate enough in his response to libya's civil war or as some of his critics are now insisting he's ditherring. we're looking closely at both arguments. stand by for that and libyan rebels are finding themselves outgunned by pro-gadhafi forces and losing ground. we'll assess that when we come back. on the ground and in libya when we come back. wrench? wrench. basic. preferred. at meineke i have options on oil changes. and now i get free roadside assistance with
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Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm EST
do to stop them. >> we're not afraid, america, france, nato, this is our country, we will never, ever surrender to those terrorists libyan nation is so united so strong. >> an up-to-the minute check. our senior international correspondent nic robertson joins usually fromtro is there way that anyone can get out and see if themselves what's going on, knick? >> reporter: one team did get out today, but i think every time you try to go out there, it's potluck. they managed to get through, and able to get to the center of the city and see the army back in control in a center where rebels had been clearing the burned-out tanks, the trees in the squares, with the rebels gathered before. most of those had been pretty much destroying the fighting every time journalists try to head down that road too zawiya, they risk arrest. one team did get through today. >> the libyan government of gadhafi, when a reporter or camera crew, they go someplace they're not authorized to go, they not only could be reprimanded, but they could be severely beaten, arrested, even tortured, if you will. is that what i'
CNN
Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
to the united states about getting involved in the chaos. >> translator: libya will not be entered by america or the atlantic pact until they sink in blood. they know they will be entering hell and in a bath of blood. they will sink more -- what will happen to them in libya will be more than what happened to them in iraq or afghanistan. >> let's bring in our senior international correspondent nic robertson in tripoli. he was at the speech. he's joining us now live. nic, was this another simple ramble expose, if you will, by gadhafi, a little bit more normal than what he said yesterday, or was it just vintage gadhafi? >> reporter: i think this was gadhafi going on the offensive, far from throwing in the towel and giving up here. a two and a half hour speech, longer than some of his other speeches. the symbolism was there, carried live on national tv. walked into the room and crowds of his supporters chanted and he literally stood taking all this adulation for ten minutes before he sat down and started speaking. he had a number of threats, not only for the united states, as we heard there, but
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Mar 12, 2011 6:00pm EST
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CNN
Mar 19, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. the president's top aide saying he's got no plans to leave latin america early. it's on to rio tomorrow and then chile as well as el salvador. he wants to keep that first track going talking about the economy, trade, u.s. jobs but also trying to stay on top of the situation in libya, a very serious urgent situation there on the ground. >> are you getting any assessment from white house officials as to how long they think it will be before gadhafi either gives up or caves in to all the international commands or is dead? >> reporter: well, you know, it's very interesting because ben rhodes, one of the senior aides on the security council got that question a short time ago from reporters and basically could not give a clear answer to whether even the u.s. believes that colonel gadhafi will have to step aside. they realize at this point they've put a lot of pressure on him. they're still hopeful he'll step aside and putting pressure on the people around him even before this military operation urging them to step aside before they are held accountable down the road for war crimes, et cetera.
CNN
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm EDT
, u.s. allies or america's core interests, but libya is different. out of the fog of war in libya comes the obama doctrine, when and why president barack obama says the u.s. should take military action. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. >> reporter: libya was no threat to the u.s., but its leader was a threat to his own people, and that's obama's rule number one. act when interests and values are at stake. and try diplomacy before military force. >> we have been joined by a strong and growing coalition. >> reporter: act with the international community, mr. obama says, and share the risk and the cost. >> the burden of action should not be america's alone. >> reporter: but the obama doctrine is doesn't cut it with some, including conservative analyst james carafano. >> in the case of libya, i think it's a failure. >> starts here. >> right. >> because, you know, first of all, the only reason anybody went along with the united states is because we have the hard power to back it up. >> reporter:
CNN
Mar 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
a controversial hearing on the radicalization of muslims in america. >> there are elements within that community who are being radicalized, and i believe that the leadership, too many of the leaders in the muslim community do not face up to that reality and a number of -- too many cases are not cooperative. >> this is the chairman's seat. this is chairman's gavel. >> reporter: yeah, the whole bit right here, where it's going to be. >> reporter: to some king's focus on muslim radicals is akin to joe mccarthy's 1950s witch-hunt. peter king is the modern day joseph mccarty. >> i would say, first of all, there's no basis for it and secondly i would tell people to wait and watch and listen to the hearing. >> reporter: king has not always been at odds with muslim-americans. in the 1990s he backed u.s. action in the balkans to defend muslims there. >> i was not popular in my district but i did it because it was the right thing to do. i thought the muslim community in those countries is being victimized. >> reporter: he had a close bond with leaders of this mosque and others in his new york district. th
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
now. u.s. officials are suggesting the situation is more dire than many thought. with america's top nuclear watchdogs saying radiation levels are extremely high. freezing cold and snow adding to the hardship for quake and tsunami survivors there and hampering the rescue and recovery. more people now seem eager to get out of japan all together. >>> and wolf blitzer's one-on-one interview with secretary of state hillary clinton in egypt. she's talking about the disaster in japan, as well as the uprisings in libya and across the region. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm jessica yellin. you're in "the situation room." >>> wolf blitzer is on his way from egypt to tunisia right now. we expect him to join us once he lands, but for now let's brick in isha sesay at the global headquarters in atlanta for live coverage of the crisis in japan. isha. >> we saw a new cloud of smoke spewed from the plant at the daiichi nuclear power plant today unleashing freesh fear about radiation exposure and a possible meltdown. the u.s. government is apparently so concerned
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Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
on every dollar made in america to run the federal government. now, that's an america that i don't want to pass on to my kids and grandkids. so i think we're all on that same page. now, i think, certainly, there will be disagreements on how much to cut, but we're having that debate. and i think paul ryan will come back in april and deliver a very serious budget and everything will be on the table. >> you've inherited a real mess at the republican national committee. how much in debt is the rnc right now? >> well, wolf, it is a mess. we have a $15 million line of credit that is hocked up to the maximum that it can go. we have $8 million, approximately of unpaid vendors right now from the last election. so we have approximately $23 million in the hole. we're trying to rebuild trust with our donors, rebuilding our party. and that's a big -- >> so the question that some folks will say, if the republican party can't get its own financial house in order, why should they trust the republicans to get the nation's house in order? >> that's why i'm working like a dog here, wolf, to get the financ
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Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
? >> toyota telling plants in north america to be prepared for a scheduled shut down because of parts shortages in japan. workers in 13 plants in the u.s., canada and mexico were given the news today. the smokes pon saying the company wants workers to be aware there will be impact to north american operations but it's unclear the kind of impact as yet how quickly it will come and how long it will last. toyota continues to get some parts from outside suppliers but not as many. there was impact last week when toyota announced it was cutting back on overtime as precaution to conserve parts from suppliers. >> this is only the beginning. thanks, mary for you that. >> in northern japan the death toll keeps climbing including an elementary school where we found a heartbreaking story of community in tears. and libya, rebel fors move further west. ♪ it works in six different ways to restore enamel, strengthen teeth, freshen breath, help prevent cavities, and kill bad breath germs for a whole mouth clean. so go beyond the brush with listerine® total care. the most complete mouthwash. and for
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Mar 12, 2011 7:00pm EST
. somewhere in america, there's a doctor who can peer into the future. there's a nurse who can access in an instant every patient's past. and because the whole hospital's working together, there's a family who can breathe easy, right now. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest healthcare questions. and the over 60,000 people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. >>> you're in "the situation room," happening now, breaking news. nuclear fears and confusion in japan. a nuclear safety official tells cnn a meltdown may, repeat, may be under way in a reactor at a nuclear plant rocked by the earthquake. but japan's ambassador to the united states tells me that is not the case. another aftershock hitting hard in japan. our reporters on the scene
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
p.m. says america has a responsibility to learn from the nuclear disaster in japan. should we be more concerned about our own reactors? i'll talk to a nuke already engineer who oversaw the three mile island accident. >>> and in less than an hour, a know-frontline zone will be considered. is it enough? wrench? wrench. basic. preferred. at meineke i have options on oil changes. and now i get free roadside assistance with preferred or supreme. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> the snow is not stopping the cleanup and recovery efforts, but it is slowing them down. a cold snap left a coat of snow and ice on the debris. lisa sylvester is monitoring other top stories. a critical vote at the u.n. tonight? >> at 6:00 p.m. in just 40 minutes, the united states is set to vote on a no-fly zone. ambassador susan rise suggests that the council do more, saying, quote they're weighing a range of actions. >>> sources loyal to moammar gadhafi are moves closer to ben gasesist. >>> after seven years in exile, former haitian president jean better trard aristide is set to return to his homeland.
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Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. if the shoe was on the other foot they would tell the japanese people in america to get as far away as you should. wolf? ? i was speaking to one scientist here in washington, a radiation specialist who told me, you know what, if you don't have to be there right now, get out of there. if you're essential to be in the 50-mile radius, stay if you're helping people, rafer, but don't have to get out and get out quickly. we'll stay in touch with you and on top of this story, the nuclear disaster unfolding in japan right now, and it's one of the most dangerous jobs you can imagine. we're in the disaster zone with a u.s. search-and-rescue crew famous for its bravery. stand by to hear exactly what these heroes are going through, and the how close is your home to a nuclear power plant and the possibility of a meltdown? we're going to show you. lots of news happening today in libya, in japan. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're seeing a huge economic impacts from the disaster in japan beyond the empty shelves and the closed stores, the fallout is rippling across the globe right now. some exampl
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Mar 26, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. [ male announcer ] america's beverage companies are working together to put more information right up front. adding new calorie labels to every single can, bottle and pack they produce. so you can make the choice that's right for you. ♪ >>> the libyan government is claiming civilians have been casualle tis in the coalition attacks against the gadhafi regime, but there doesn't appear to be evidence that's the case. once again, here's cnn's international correspondent nic robertson. >> reporter: a drive will you tripoli's streets is a window on a city at war. the roads, quieter than normal. half the stores closed. like all trips we take, government officials determine when and where we go. this one to the south of the city, not quite as they planned. about 30 minutes ago the government took us to set off on a trip to find a civilian house they said had been damaged in bombing. they said there was a military civilians nearby but civilians were wounded. collateral damage they said. we have been driving for half an hour. 20 minutes in one neighborhood around what seems to be a heavily gu
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
say in america transparent. on the other hand, we do have the -- we have some independent monitoring. we have the u.s. military out there, at least offshore, and we do have the government itself doing some radiation monitoring, so i will be very curious to see what kind of investigation we go through afterwards. when we have huge civil disasters in the united states, three mile island, the well blowout and the "columbia" shuttle disaster, we end up with really intensive independent investigations. i think the industry worldwide would like that here because they probably think there are things they can learn. they can learn about behavior of reactors in dire situations. they can learn about what works and what doesn't. i don't exactly know if we'll get that, but if we do, eventually it will all come out. it doesn't pay to lie up about this stuff up front because it's all likely to come out. >> matthew wald covers this important issue for the "new york times." thanks, matthew, very, very much. always very useful. >> thank you. >> thank you. isha, back to you. >>> well, wolf, our corres
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